I personally think the direction Lucas applies to his stories now is invalid, one of my main examples being that he went back and redid ET to remove the shotguns and replace them with walkie-talkies. When he originally made ET, his personality, his views, were all fine with using shotguns. Now he wants walkie-talkies instead. For me that just shows that who he is has changed quite a bit from who he used to be (it all seems mostly politically motivated to me) and that his view is now inconsistent.
Basically what I’m getting at is that when he originally made Star Wars, he was one sort of person, and now he’s gone through more change than most authors go through in their lifetimes and therefore now he’s approaching Star Wars from a completely different angle than he did before, an angle that at least for me makes it all quite a bit less enjoyable.
The whiny Anakin thing I mostly attribute to the actor. A better, different actor would have done a much better job. But I think they should’ve been able to catch that in the auditioning phase, or at least very early on, and get someone more convincing to play the part.
I know there are plenty of people that like the prequel trilogy. There are always people out there that are going to like something no matter what it is. Heck, even Captain Beefheart had some fans. It just doesn’t work for me.